Friday, 12 August 2016

Friday at the Flicks - Magpie


On our early walkabouts several Magpies can often be heard making their very distinctive cackling sound. They usually stay up on the roof tops though one morning I did see one chasing a Sparrowhawk out of the neighbourhood. Occasionally one or two can be seen in the garden like this cheeky looking juvenile:


I always know when they are around as the noise they make is very distinctive:

There were two of them in the garden and for the first time saw what they were up to. I had regularly seen broken egg shells in various parts of the garden. Soon after the video was taken one arrived back in the tree with an egg in its beak. As it was from a Wood Pigeon nest I was quite pleased the Magpies were helping to curtail their ever increasing numbers.

Have a great weekend observing the wildlife around you.


  1. Good to see it as we haven't got Magpies here. Plenty of pigeons more is the pity.

  2. Adrian: Not enough natural predators for the pigeons and far less shooting these days. Years ago pigeon was always one of our weekly meals. The only other way they get culled here is when they head butt the vehicles speeding through the village.

  3. (they almost sound like chattering squirrels.)

  4. They are noisy so-in-so's John.


Thank you for visiting. Hope you enjoyed the pictures. Any comment, or correction to any information or identification I get wrong, is most welcome. John

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